Category Archives: Movies

“This Meddlesome Priest” Troubles Trump

by James M. Wall At 2:30 in the morning of June 17, 1972, forty five years ago this weekend, five men were arrested as they attempted to place wire taps in the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the … Continue reading

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“O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend. . . !”

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“Salt and Water” As a German Leader is Rejected

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Trump to Bibi and Abbas: “I’m With You Fellers”

by James M. Wall On Wednesday, President Donald Trump approached the waning days of his first month in office with what he hoped would be a significant foreign policy event, his first White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. … Continue reading

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“A tragedy in a man, a disaster in a president”

by James M. Wall In the film, The Best Man, written by Gore Vidal, a candidate for president, Joe Cantwell (Cliff Robertson), is arguing with his more principled opponent, William Russell (Henry Fonda). Exasperated at one point, Cantwell says to Russell, “I … Continue reading

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Reflections on Lincoln, Clinton and Trump

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Israel Remains The Untouchable Election Issue

by James M. Wall In recent weeks, I have studied Spotlight, a film that should explain why our current presidential election is about none of the critical issues facing our nation. This Clinton-Trump campaign, is, most certainly, not about the critical foreign policy issue of … Continue reading

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Israel Defends Its False Narrative Against BDS

by James M. Wall On one of my earliest reporting trips to Israel/Palestine in the early 1980s, I was assaulted by an Israeli government official wielding a wicked instrument called hasbara, Hebrew for propaganda. I had latched on to a … Continue reading

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Will “Greatness” Elude Yet Another President?

by James M. Wall Will McAlvoy (Jeff Daniels), (right), played a newscaster working for a fictional cable news network on The Newsroom, a program which ran on HBO (2012-2014). The writer of The Newsroom series is Aaron Sorkin, creator and lead author of the earlier television … Continue reading

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Do Surprises Await Outside the MSM Frame?

by James M. Wall It is still early in the U.S. presidential nomination races. It is not too early, however, to harbor a pretty strong suspicion that on November 8, the election will provide a choice between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican … Continue reading

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